Confirmed case of measles in Launceston
Public Health has confirmed a case of measles was diagnosed in Launceston on 22 February 2023.
The case is now in isolation in the Launceston General Hospital. Contact tracing is underway to identify people who may have been exposed to the case while they were infectious.
The case spent time at the below public locations while infectious
- Friday 17 February 2023: Launceston Medical Centre, 247 Wellington Street Launceston from 5.40pm-6.15pm
- Friday 17 February 2023: Coles Mowbray, Joffre Street, Mowbray from 6.05pm-6.45pm
- Saturday 18 February 2023: Launceston Respiratory Clinic, 237 Wellington Street Launceston from 11.20am-12.00pm
- Sunday 19 February 2023: Launceston General Hospital Emergency Department waiting room from 3.12pm-6.35pm
People present at the above locations during the times listed and who were born after 1966 and have not received two measles-containing vaccines are urged to be alert for measles symptoms for up to 18 days following their exposure..
If symptoms develop, individuals are advised to contact their GP or healthcare practitioner. It is important to call practitioners before attending a clinic to avoid potential further spread.
- runny nose
- sore red eyes
- a red blotchy rash which appears about four days after initial symptoms. The rash usually starts on the face then spreads down to the body. The rash may last for up to a week.
Find out more about measles and vaccinations
If you believe you are a contact of the positive case and are concerned or would like more information, contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.